By BI: Maine legislative committee’s rejection of a proposed ban on Islamic sharia law must have the tens of thousands of Somali Muslim refugees, that the Obama Regime has been dumping into cities like Lewiston, Maine, doing a happy dance.
Bangor Daily News A legislative committee voted 8-2 Thursday to reject a bill that attempted to codify the state and U.S. constitutions as the law of the land. The legislation, LD 330, sponsored by state Rep. Michael McClellan, R-Raymond, was modeled after a law passed in Tennessee aimed at preventing the use of Muslim Sharia law in state courts there.
Testimony supporting the bill suggested immigrant Muslim women and their children were sometimes subjected to harsh and illegal treatment by husbands or ex-husbands. As defendants in Maine courts, these men might suggest the laws of their religion or homeland should be applied to their cases, supporters of the legislation suggested.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, a Democrat, wrote in a memo to the Judiciary Committee stating that she opposed the measure, as did her Republican predecessor, William Schneider when a similar bill was offered during the 125th Legislature.
Committee members Thursday said that while some may have attempted to inject foreign or religious law into Maine court proceedings, there was no evidence any Maine judge had ever gone along with allowing foreign law to trump rights and protections in the U.S. Constitution.
There already have been many examples of American court decisions in which judges have considered sharia law as a basis for their rulings. shariah-in-american-courts-the-expanding-incursion-of-islamic-law-in-the-u-s-legal-system
The measure looked to address the legal concept of comity, which allows a judge to apply some aspects of laws from other lands if they are generally in line with state and federal laws and do not violate an individual’s constitutional rights, including but not limited to the rights of due process and equal protection.
The bill next moves to the Maine House of Representatives for consideration.